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Are guys with longer tractors and 5ers that violate most states 65' max length limitation or those doubling getting pulled over or cited for violations? I see many "big rigs" from Spacecraft, New Horizons, or Forks that can't possibly meet that requirement especially if they are carrying a Smart on the tractor.

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As Jack said, we have actual knowledge of a 68ft'er that was stopped, strictly because of their length, and cited for 3 ft over length. As for your question to Jack, he may not want to answer here. I know he towed doubles for years and never had an issue. I spoke with one guy at last years rally that was stopped and made to seperate his toad from the 5er and truck.

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There is a video on youtube by a Florida Officer. He works commercial enforcement. When you pass the weigh in motion there are lasers that measure everything. They have your Height with the highest point highlighted on their screen. They have your width with the widest part highlighted. They have your length and your weight. If they wanted to stop us they already have everything they need staring them in the face. If I get stopped I will pay whatever fine and count it as the cost of living the life.

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My understanding is that we cant be made to unhook as it is not unsafe. We can be made to obtain an overlength permit. Big5er can shed more light on it and I have been known to be wrong in the past and may be wrong now.

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Stekay

 

This might help: www.Towingworld.com/towinglaws.cfm

 

I have heard that if you are legal in your home state the other states will honor it. Check with Big5er on that. Some states allow 75 ft. for RV's. The state I am registered in does allow 75 ft.

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I'm sure Big5er will know for sure but , I believe the only things states reciprocate on as regards our lifestyle is driver's license (i.e. class A,B,C,D) and registration (motor home, private truck etc.). I think length limits are state specific so what may be legal in your home state will not be legal in the next.

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As has been stated, reciprocity covers only operator's licensing and registration issues.

 

As with speed limits and other traffic laws, the states are sovereign, and for non-commercial traffic, their towing laws apply to all drivers and vehicles traveling on their roads.

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I keep posting this up because I think it contains some good info! Click on a state!...Check out WY... triple tow and max length!

 

http://towingworld.com/towinglaws.cfm

 

.... And how many states can you find where the last line in that table is different?? :lol:

 

 

NOTE: While every attempt has been made to verify this information, Towing World cannot guarantee its accuracy, and assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions. Changes may have been made since this data was compiled. Call state and provincial Highway Safety offices for additional details.

 

 

Uh-huh.

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Don't lock yourself into a certain length without realizing some variables. For instance, your hitch set back, where your hitch is located under the front of the trailer, will there be a drom or other structure in front of the smart, etc.

 

And then there's the curious habit of trailer manufacturers posting incorrect lengths. Ours is called 38', but if you measure overall length, it's right at 40'. But, our hitch protrudes slightly to the front of the trailer.........

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My current setup is pretty much the minimum structure for hauling a current smart on a 780. You can find the measures HERE, on the first picture.

You could reduce overall length some by removing the drom, the vertical cab fairings, and pushing the smart as close to the cab as possible. That would bet you abot 16" max. (my cab fairings with extenders are 18").

 

No matter what, with a smart on, and a larger trailer you are going to be overlength. With a smaller tractor and a 36' trailer you can squeeze into the 65', but as soon as you go to larger trailers and larger tractors you start pushing the limits.

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What is different between commercial and non commercial is how they are measured. Commercial does include the truck so not total combined length where non commercial does and is combined length. Think about this a typical commercial box trailer is 53'and no way could the tractor be included and be under 65'. At least that is my understanding. Perhaps Phil or somebody more familiar can correct me. I don't the states that allow double or triple trailers could be within max length if the tractor truck was included in the lenght.

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What is different between commercial and non commercial is how they are measured. Commercial does include the truck so not total combined length where non commercial does and is combined length. Think about this a typical commercial box trailer is 53'and no way could the tractor be included and be under 65'. At least that is my understanding. Perhaps Phil or somebody more familiar can correct me. I don't the states that allow double or triple trailers could be within max length if the tractor truck was included in the lenght.

There are just different lengths for commercial and RV. In commercial, for a truck and a single trailer, there is virtually no length limit on the National Network. In commercial, double and triple trailers have length limits on the trailers.

 

For RV, the rig length is the limit.

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